The Mojotone "Black Magic" humbucker guitar pickup was designed to
work well with drop tunings, single note solo playing, and articulate
chord progressions with tone being most important. It retains
unbelievable clarity and note separation with lots of harmonic
overtones. The double black screw side and our special blend of magnets
(ceramic and alnico 5) gives this Black Magic humbucker the beautiful
tone of alnico without getting mushy on the lows and highs. The ceramic
magnet tightens the lows and highs while increasing harmonics and
overall clarity of the pickup.
It's the perfect humbucker for jazz
fusion, speed picking, drop tunings, and aggressive chord playing. Our 7
string version reads higher ohms than our 6 string version due to the
longer coils. Everything else is the exact same spec and sound. Vacuum potted coils.
Name: Ricky Primitivo Rating: 5
Fumbling musician, experimenting gearhead To say that I've been blown away by the sound of the bridge pickup is an understatement. I was looking for a set of pups to put into a guitar that I put so much love into and I turned to Mojotone for a different sound. Initially, I was skeptical because I wanted to keep a versatile sound but could dish out dirt when I needed to in a guitar routed for an HSS configuration. The other guitar I have with an HSS setup is loaded with Duncans and showcases my idea of a searing lead tone, but I wanted a less volatile sound, something with more clarity and I thought to simply change makers. The Black Magic compared to the Pegasus in my other guitar isn't nearly as loud, nor is it as reactive to picking nuances, but I count that as its own advantage. The Black Magic bridge does an excellent job of allowing each note in a chord to sound out and sing with each other rather than compete in a mush of noise: major, minor, diminished, suspended 4th, major 7th--each chord I put through it comes through clearly as if my ear was pressed against the body itself as I played. It handles distortion extremely well, not being microphone at all, and being FAR from muddy. Single note runs and sweeps have a clear attack with some punch behind each one. I also have this pickup wired to split coils to match the output of the single coils I have set: Quiet Coil 67's in the middle and neck, and I am not at all disappointed. I was actually swayed by another user's review to get this set, knowing full-well that the outputs between the pickups would be far apart; I decided to wire the Black Magic to split via push/pull pot. In split mode, the bridge compliments the middle and neck 67's by adding in more dirt but still allows for the quacky sound you might expect from two single coils being active. The alnico 5 magnet makes the Black Magic one of the better choices to pair with true single coils with the option to split. I'm not going anywhere without this guitar, she is easily my best axe.
Name: faisal baig Rating: 5
One of the best pickups ever! I am a bit sad that this pickup is still not very popular; perhaps because its not made by a big name brand with huge marketing budgets.
I have the BM Bridge in an HSS Strat with Quiet Coil 67's. While there really is no way to balance such a monster bridge pickup with vintage output single coils, the BM bridge makes me smile everytime. It truly is huge sounding with the most balanced eq curves i have ever heard in a pickup. Its not over compressed yet its tight under hi gain. Single notes have no mid frequency peaks yet every note cuts through.
When i played my first chord in this pickup, it seemed as if the pickup had jumped out and grabbed my whole amp.
It is a tremendous pickup and i actually think that Mojotone should not just market this as a metal pickup; it is supremely versatile, has proper chimey cleans and the low end is tight.
I am now going to order a neck model and convert my strat into a HH guitar and use the QC's on another guitar.
Mojotones customer service and email communication with David should be the benchmark for all company's to follow!
Name: Brandon Curtin Rating: 5
Bold bridge, beautiful neck I purchased a set of MojoTone Black Magic pickups and put them in a cheap used Epiphone SG. The original SG pickups had a bad classic sound. It had the EQ curve of classic pickups but it sounded squishy and odd at nearly every amplifier setting, so I bought the Black Magic set as an attempt to revamp the guitar.
These pickups were all sorts of the exact opposite. For the bridge pickup, the bass is big and bold, the mids are large and loud, the treble was at a nice medium-high level without being too loud and (in terms of treble extension) cutting off before it gets into slicing territory. The bridge pickup is ballsy for rhythm and epic for solos. I don't think I have ever a heard a buttery smooth solo out of any pickup as smooth as this. There is no distortion at the pickup. It is just big, bold, and incredibly clear.
The big surprise was the neck pickup. I have never been a fan of neck pickups. This neck pickup is, by far, my all time favorite. It isn't overly high output, it isn't overly bassy and muddy, and it isn't distorting at the pickup. It is a very clear, wide open, beautiful pickup for high gain and clean tones. It does absolutely nothing wrong. Honestly, this pickup is criminally underrated. I am in the process of testing out other pickups in various guitars just for fun...and I can't think of any pickup that will top the Black Magic neck pickup for versatility and overall tone.
If you want a big bold bridge pickup that sounds roars and a neck pickup that can change your entire outlook on neck pickups, try this set. I can't wait to try some other MojoTone pickups in some of my other guitars. As for my SG, the MojoTone Black Magic pickups have a permanent home.
Name: Patrick Rating: 5
Expect the unexpected. When I talked to David I was initially looking for a custom pickup. His suggestion, after I used a few vague and broad descriptive terms, was the Black Magic. I wanted something with a bit of power and attack, a bit of character in the mids, but nothing over the top (no harsh frequencies, etc...). I did have them make one change and that was to use an unoriented A5 magnet instead of the standard A5 (personal preference, I find the UOA5 to be sweeter and easier on my ears). The pickup overall is not nearly as high output as I was expecting and is able to produce beautiful clean tones wired in series (I don't care about parallel or coil tapping/splitting). It is, easily, the most dynamically responsive pickup I have personally tried (that includes multiple Seymours, Dimarzios, Bare Knuckles, other boutique companies). Overdriven tones are guttural and extremely articulate no matter the tuning or amount of gain. The bottom end is quite prominent but not flubby, the mids are certainly full of character and growl and the high end is very clear and smooth (but it will easily scream if you provoke it :). Overall I'm quite floored with this humbucker. It has a very unique voice that is very useful in a variety of situations.
Name: Tyson Rating: 5
null I bought this pickup a month ago and I have to say it's awesome. Nice balance and to muddy. Killer pickup. Thanks Mojo